Plants grow to about five feet tall, cure to a medium reddish-brown color, and reportedly has a low nicotine content. Named after the Bafra district in the Samsun Province of Turkey. It was described in 1922 as follows:.
"Bafra tobacco is particularly famous for its exquisite taste and aromatic quality. Most of it is stemless. It is rather a darkish-red in color, and the leaves are tongue-shaped."
It is an old Turkish-type tobacco used historically as a pipe and cigarette blending tobacco variety. The original seed was USDA accession number PI 494146